Nation’s top CEOs sign letter calling for urgent small businesses aid

Many small businesses across the country face near-certain catastrophe if they do not receive Federal aid soon, a Monday letter signed by some of the biggest names in business claims. Mom and pop shops face “a wave of permanent closures” by Labor Day if the government doesn’t step in with a comprehensive recovery program, according […]

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As school begins amid virus, parents see few good options

As the academic year begins in many places across the country this week, parents are having to choose whether to send their children for in-person classes or keep them home for remote learning because of the coronavirus pandemic By JEFF AMY Associated Press August 2, 2020, 12:46 PM 5 min read WOODSTOCK, Ga. — John […]

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Fire continues to ravage Argentina’s delta; authorities struggle to combat the spread

Forest fires have raged for months across Argentina’s delta wetland, threatening a major ecosystem with total destruction, experts warn. Severe drought led to the Paraná River shriveling to its lowest level in decades, according to NASA’s Earth Observatory. As the shrinking river has caused economic damage — grounding several ships and forcing companies to reduce […]

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States eager to expand broadband, wary of CARES Act deadline

Fearful of losing federal pandemic dollars, officials from states across the country are rushing to finish projects by the end of the year aimed at expanding broadband internet into underserved areas. To comply with the current CARES Act rules, states must have the broadband projects, which can typically take months if not years of planning […]

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Bears QB Mitch Trubisky looks to transform as he faces last chance to get it right

The Bears declined Trubisky’s 2021 option after his numbers dropped across the board last season. | AP Photos New trainer, new mechanics, new footwork. But will it make a difference for Trubisky as he tries to save his Bears career? The pressure is mounting as he faces the biggest challenge of his career. The vibes […]

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These 8 Southern California doctors, nurses sacrifice to help hospitals fight coronavirus

An ominous summertime spike in coronavirus cases across Southern California has packed hospitals and made front-line workers’ already stressful jobs even more exhausting. The number of people hospitalized each day with confirmed virus cases in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties climbed from about 2,200 on June 15 to more than 4,000 by […]

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Women embrace #challengeaccepted, but some ask: To what end?

“Challenge accepted,” they wrote — female Instagram users across the United States, flooding the photo-sharing app with black-and-white images. Together they formed a grid of millions of magazine-style captures of celebrities, spur-of-the-moment selfies and filtered snaps from weddings or other special occasions. The official goal: a show of support for other women. An accompanying hashtag, […]

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Senator, union leader: Postal Service considers downsizing

The U.S. Postal Service is considering closing post offices across the country, sparking concerns ahead of an anticipated surge of mail-in ballots in the 2020 elections, U.S. Sen Joe Manchin and a union leader said Wednesday. Manchin said he has received numerous reports from post offices and colleagues about service cuts or looming closures in […]

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A Viral Epidemic Splintering Into Deadly Pieces

Once again, the coronavirus is ascendant. As infections mount across the country, it is dawning on Americans that the epidemic is now unstoppable, and that no corner of the nation will be left untouched. As of Tuesday, the pathogen had infected at least 4.3 million Americans, killing almost 150,000. Many experts fear the virus could […]

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Federal Agents in Portland Are Generating Unrest Elsewhere as Well

SEATTLE — A series of strident new protests over police misconduct rattled cities across the country over the weekend, creating a new dilemma for state and local leaders who had succeeded in easing some of the turbulence in their streets until a showdown over the use of federal agents in Oregon stirred fresh outrage. With […]

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Thousands in Russia border city protest arrest of governor in challenge to Putin

Tens of thousands of people marched Saturday across the Russian city of Khabarovsk on the border with China to protest the arrest of the regional governor on murder charges, continuing a wave of protests that has lasted for two weeks in a challenge to the Kremlin. Sergei Furgal has been in a Moscow jail since […]

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Why Everyone’s Talking the ‘Green Banana’ Off Florida’s Coast

Sprinkled across the ocean floor, invisible from the surface, are hundreds — or maybe thousands — of sink holes. These “blue holes,” as scientists call them, do not swallow up everything incapable of fighting their gravitational force, like their black hole cousins. But to those who study them, they are still nearly as intriguing. This […]

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Trump wants $105B for schools added to next coronavirus stimulus bill

President Trump on Thursday urged schools across the country to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic as long as they can practice good hygiene and social distancing — adding that the White House is asking Congress to pledge $105 billion to schools as part of next coronavirus stimulus bill. The president, who has for weeks been […]

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‘Excessive’ summer monsoon rains in Asia displace millions, cause at least 500 deaths

Weeks of heavy rainfall that’s spawned devastating flooding across parts of South Asia can be seen in new imagery from NASA after millions were displaced. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, or IFRC, said Wednesday that more than 9.6 million people have been impacted by the flooding, with about 500 dying so far […]

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Trump said he is comfortable sending his son, grandchildren back to school

President Trump, pushing for schools across the country to reopen in the fall, said during a coronavirus briefing he would be comfortable sending his son and grandchildren back to school in the fall. “Regarding the children in your family, your son and grandchildren, are you comfortable, do you plan to have them back in person in school?” ABC […]

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Mail-in voting faces slew of issues nationwide, as emergency USPS memo sounds alarm

Mail-in voting across the country has led to a series of anomalous results in recent weeks – including delayed, misplaced and missing ballots, a review by Fox News has found. As the issues surfaced, Fox News obtained a copy of a recent U.S. Postal Service (USPS) memo sent to employees detailing budget-related cutbacks. Mark Dimondstein, the president of the […]

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US labs buckle amid testing surge; world virus cases top 15M

Laboratories across the U.S. are buckling under a surge of coronavirus tests, creating long processing delays that experts say are actually undercutting the pandemic response. With the U.S. tally of infections at 3.9 million Wednesday and new cases surging, the bottlenecks are creating problems for workers kept off the job while awaiting results, nursing homes […]

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Study Links Gas Flares to Preterm Births, With Hispanics at High Risk

Across the United States, gas flares light the night skies over oil and gas fields — visible symbols of the country’s energy boom. They also emit greenhouse gases, making them symbols of climate change that many environmental groups would like to see snuffed out. Now, a new study points to another problem: Pregnant women who […]

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Warehouses Are Headed for the Central Valley, Too

ImageWarehouses have sprawled across the land in the Inland Empire. Credit…Bethany Mollenkof for The New York Times Good morning. (This article is part of the California Today newsletter. Sign up here to receive it by email.) Across the Inland Empire, inexpensive single-family homes on large lots represented a California dream for lower-income, often immigrant families who […]

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Last call: Colorado prohibits serving booze after 10 p.m.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday ordered bars and restaurants across the state to stop serving alcohol past 10 p.m. as the number of coronavirus cases among young adults keeps rising. “Anybody who has been drunk just knows this inherently; your best goals around social distancing and your best intents just fall by the wayside,” […]

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Trump’s Tulsa Rally Didn’t Draw a Big Crowd. But It Cost a Lot.

President Trump has held only one campaign rally since the pandemic swept across the country in March. It not only failed to fill the arena in Tulsa, Okla., it was also very expensive. New campaign filings submitted Monday afternoon showed that Mr. Trump’s campaign paid more than $2.2 million in event, facility and audio visual […]

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Rare rhinos among dead as India floods kill dozens of people, displaced millions in Assam state

Intense rain and flooding across northeastern India from this year’s monsoon season have left dozens dead across the region. Several hundred villages were completely cut off by high water in the Indian state of Assam, where at least 84 people were killed and 2.75 million have been displaced since May. “The flood situation remains critical with most […]

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Strip clubs slammed by US restrictions on COVID-19 loans

Strip clubs across the US closed earlier this year in the face of COVID-19 social-distancing measures that precluded the up-close nature of the exotic dancing industry. Like many businesses, these cabarets, lounges and gentlemen’s clubs hoped a $660 billion Small Business Administration (SBA) loan program would help them weather the lockdown. But nearly four months […]

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Teachers Push Back on Reopening in Florida

Trump threatens to deploy federal troops across the country; Congress girds for another fight over coronavirus relief; and Florida teachers say, No, we won’t go. It’s Tuesday, and this is your politics tip sheet. Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox every weekday. Image Where things stand Florida’s Republican leadership has echoed […]

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As pandemic surges, election officials seek poll workers

Wanted: Poll workers willing to brave a global pandemic in November. Governments across the country are scrambling to find people to staff polling places for the presidential election this fall as the coronavirus sows doubt about how safe it will be to cast a ballot in person and thins out an already scarce pool of […]

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